Astrid Kirchherr Wiki – Biography
Astrid Kirchherr was a German photographer and artist known for her association with the Beatles (along with her friends Klaus Voormann and Jürgen Vollmer), and her photographs of the band’s original members – John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Stuart Sutcliffe, and Pete Best – during their early days in Hamburg.
Kirchherr met artist Sutcliffe in the Kaiserkeller bar in Hamburg in 1960, where he was playing bass with the Beatles and was later engaged to him, before his death in 1962. Although Kirchherr shot very few photographs after 1967, her early work has been exhibited in Hamburg, Bremen, London, Liverpool, New York City, Washington, D.C., Tokyo, Vienna, and at the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame. She has published three limited-edition books of photographs.
After her graduation, Kirchherr enrolled in the Meisterschule für Mode, Textil, Grafik und Werbung in Hamburg, as she wanted to study fashion design but demonstrated a talent for black-and-white photography. Reinhard Wolf, the school’s main photographic tutor, convinced her to switch courses and promised that he would hire her as his assistant when she graduated. Kirchherr worked for Wolf as his assistant from 1959 until 1963.
In the late 1950s and early 1960s, Kirchherr and her art school friends were involved in the European existentialist movement whose followers were later nicknamed “Exis” by Lennon. In 1995, she told BBC Radio Merseyside: “Our philosophy then, because we were only little kids, was wearing black clothes and going around looking moody. Of course, we hadn’t a clue who Jean-Paul Sartre was. We got inspired by all the French artists and writers because that was the closest we could get. England was so far away, and America was out of the question. So France was the nearest. So we got all the information from France, and we tried to dress like the French existentialists… We wanted to be free, we wanted to be different and tried to be cool, as we call it now.
Astrid Kirchherr Age
Astrid Kirchherr was 81 years old. She was born on May 20, 1938, in Hamburg, Germany. She died on May 12, 2020.
Astrid Kirchherr was married to her husband Gibson Kemp.
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Kirchherr was born in 1938 in Hamburg, Germany, and was the daughter of a former executive of the German branch of the Ford Motor Company. During World War II, she was evacuated to the safety of the Baltic Sea where she remembered seeing dead bodies on the shore (after the ships’ Cap Arcona and the SS Deutschland had been bombed and sunk) and the destruction in Hamburg when she returned.
Cause of Death
She died on May 12, 2020, at the age of 81, The news was confirmed on Friday by Mark Lewishon, a historian for The Beatles. He tweeted, “Intelligent, inspirational, innovative, daring, artistic, awake, aware, beautiful, smart, loving and uplifting friend to many. Her gift to the Beatles was immeasurable. She died in Hamburg on Wednesday, a few days before turning 82. RIP.”
German Newspaper Die Zeit revealed that Kirchherr died of a “short, serious illness,” The Rolling Stones reported.
Kirchherr’s net worth is under review.